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ReadHow Hawaii is leaving fossil fuels and forging a path to a 100% clean energy economy

Waste is a big topic for island communities and nations around the world. This waste can be both internally-generated (by both locals and tourists) or washed up from the sea. The challenge of finding affordable ways to manage and remove large volumes of imported and potentially toxic waste can seem insurmountable, particularly for smaller or more isolated communities.

Although the world’s richest countries only constitute 16% of the global population, they produce more than a third of the world’s waste. Much of this ends up in oceans, creating “trash islands” around the world. According to the UN Environment division, SIDS produced an average of 2.3 kg of waste per person per day in 2019, which is 48% higher than the average set by the OECD, adding that much of this waste comes from the region’s tourism sector. 

ReadMeet the new generation of baby boomers on Scotland's islands

Many island nations and communities are making strides towards not just proper waste management, but also finding ways of turning waste into energy (W2E). In 2019, the International Energy Agency (IEA) noted that waste-to-energy technologies are underused but gaining ground in Southeast Asian nations. In Thailand, the government has set the goal of increasing the country’s waste-to-energy capacity from about 300 megawatts now to 900 megawatts by 2037. W2E is particularly popular in East Asia, and many argue it could bring a more stable electricity supply to off-grid islands.

Converting waste to energy is one of the greatest ways islands can kill two birds with one stone: able to produce energy and also solve issues of pollution. A waste-to-energy solution may also help islands economically – after all, tourists don't want to visit an island covered in trash.

Listen: James Ellsmoor's interview on the Global Lithium Podcast

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James Ellsmoor

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How this island is winning the fight against plastic waste

Rubbish was blighting its beaches. Now the Isle of Man's collaborative approach to cleanup and sustainability is setting international standards as a microcosm for success. Read More

Energy Stories

Interesting stories about energy from around the world: 

  • Hawaii’s push for renewable energy could stall over public opposition to facilities.
  • Martha's vineyard running entirely on renewable energy? Town meeting voters may get to decide.
  • Local renewable energy company promotes resilient rebuild and redevelopment of northern Bahamas. 
  • MPC Capital AG will use capital from the sale of around 10 million shares to enable investments in additional renewable energy projects in the Caribbean.
  • Caribbean banks are well aware of the potential for investing in renewable energy across the region. 
  • The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund (UAE-CREF) to build renewable energy projects as part of its three-year cycle in 16 Caribbean nations.
  • Wärtsilä Energy Storage Technology to help integrate renewables in Honduras.

Financing a Blue-Green Economy for Islands

Islands are facing extraordinary challenges from climate change and significant investment is needed to move the needle to a more climate-resilient economy. This panel session examines the rise of sustainable financing, notably green and blue bonds, and the importance of impact investing, and the urgent need to factor these types of products into financial planning.

Strengthening source control and regulatory frameworks in the Caribbean

12 Caribbean states are participating in a new project to accelerate the development of nuclear and radiation safety infrastructure in the region. Read more.

Suriname’s climate promise, for a sustainable future

The SIDS nation of Suriname has become the second nation globally to outline updated plans to fight climate change to reduce the earth's temperature. Read more.

Other stories worth sharing

A selection of stories relevant to innovation and sustainable development from around the world:

  • The World Bank will provide Seychelles with experts and financial support to help the island nation deal with coastal erosion.
  • If an island nation can achieve net-zero emissions, then larger nations should not have any excuses - PM Bainimarama.
  • The Maldives rejoins Commonwealth; island nation had quit the organisation in October 2016 over criticism of its human rights record. 
  • A growing number of Hawaiians say that tourism isn’t working for them. Here’s how they are trying to change it.
  • Towards a safer ocean? Puerto Rico earthquakes an urgent call for better early warning and awareness in the Ocean Decade.
  • The World Bank has provided US$6.2 million to support Tuvalu’s recovery from Tropical Cyclone Tino, which hit the Pacific island nation in January.
  • Strengthening Caribbean regional integration.

New technologies bring governments closer to the people

The innovative use of ICT tools is facilitating access to central government resources for people living in remote locations across the Caribbean. Read more

Fiji to urgently seek global consensus at COP 26

In pursuit of limiting global temperature rise, Fiji is kicking its global consensus-building efforts into overdrive in 2020 to secure decisive, ambitious climate action. Read more.

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